Song of Extinction is the world premiere of a fully immersive visual and sonic experience exploring the calamitous impact humans are inflicting on the planet and its creatures. Featuring stunning large-scale projections and a tightly enmeshed score for chamber orchestra, chamber choir, live electronics and youth chorus, Song of Extinction will interweave breathtaking moving images with live surround sound for a uniquely massive, multimedia event.
The 50-minute work is a collaboration between composer Rose Bolton and filmmaker Marc de Guerre, with an original libretto by Order of Canada-appointed poet Don McKay. Song of Extinction is curated and produced by Music in the Barns (Carol Gimbel, Artistic Director - creator of 1000 Strings), and performed by Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble, members of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, and VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto, with music direction by John Hess. Song of Extinction has been made possible by the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.
Arts Partners at the Hearn: Sharing the Space
After 10 years of partnering with arts organizations, venues and cultural groups across the city, Luminato Festival will manage and run its own unique venue. The Festival is curating a series of performance events and artistic activations with arts partners from across the city, celebrating Luminato’s long history of working with arts organizations and cultural partners in Toronto in a new way: by sharing at the lowest possible cost the infrastructure and space we’re building.